by Ryan Martin
Grade 1-winner Newspaperofrecord made a dazzling return in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Intercontinental at Belmont Park.
Owned by Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stables, Inc. and trained by Chad Brown, the 4-year-old Lope de Vega bay arrived at the seven-furlong test for fillies and mares over the Widener turf course off an 11-month layoff. She last raced in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational, where she was a distant ninth as the favorite.
Newspaperofrecord won all three of her juvenile starts by open lengths, including a 6 ¾-length romp in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Churchill Downs in November 2018.
Piloted by regular rider Irad Ortiz, Jr., Newspaperofrecord broke sharply from post 3 and secured a short lead with 17-1 longshot Jakarta keeping her company to her outside while recording an opening quarter-mile in 22.39 seconds.
Approaching the far turn, Jakarta began to give way as Newspaperofrecord’s dual graded stakes-winning stable mate Regal Glory loomed a threat as she inched her way closer to the front end as a relaxed Newspaperofrecord recorded a half-mile in 45.38.
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